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31.10.2016

“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen in Belarus
“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen discovering Belarus Relations with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are precious for Belarus, even though these countries are not so geographically and culturally close to us. The importance of relations with close countries that we have common past with goes without saying. However, sometimes there are some internal strives. Belarus is between Russia and Poland. Relations with Poland haven’t been very easy lately. However, nowadays, official representatives from Warsaw have become frequent guests in Minsk. The business sphere has revived.

30.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus prepared to offer projects beneficial for Qatar
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus prepared to offer projects beneficial for Qatar Belarus is prepared to offer projects that are beneficial for Qatar. Alexander Lukashenko announced that during the talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. The Belarus’ President arrived to Qatar for an official visit. The meeting began with the official ceremony with the guard of honor was taking part. Anthems of both countries were performed. The President of Belarus and the Emir of Qatar welcome members of official delegations. Afterwards, they headed to a meeting hall.
Ambassador of Belarus to Qatar: “Belarusian construction materials used as finishing for most luxurious houses”
Ambassador of Belarus to Qatar: “Belarusian construction materials used as finishing for most luxurious houses” The President of Belarus left for Qatar on October 29. During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.  As a result, the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. Belarus plans to participate in projects related to infrastructure that are implemented in Qatar. The construction is going on in the capital of Qatar. Mostly, it’s connected with the Football World Championship in 2022.

28.10.2016

CIS Council of Heads of Government held in Minsk: signed agreements
CIS Council of Heads of Government held in Minsk: signed agreements A meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held at the National Library in Minsk. In total, the agenda included more than 20 draft documents. Almost every second of them has an economic component. Implementation of the provisions of the Free Trade Area Agreement remains the priority for the allies.
President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits
President of Belarus to go to Qatar, Saudi Arabia for visits The President of Belarus will go to the Middle East region October 29.  During the official visit to Qatar, Alexander Lukashenko will hold talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.  As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. The President of Belarus will then leave the Qatari capital for a working visit to the United Arab Emirates. Here he plans to hold a series of business meetings. 
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says
Each new decision in CIS should be based on economic feasibility, Alexander Lukashenko says Today Minsk is hosting a meeting of the heads of governmental delegations of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Taking part in the events is also the President of Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko said that each new decision of the CIS countries must be based on economic feasibility. This is one of the key themes of current agenda in the economic downturn, which is felt worldwide, including by integration associations. The latter, according to the Belarus head of the state, must bring real benefits to the peoples.

26.10.2016

Belarus President says relations with Western Europe vital
Belarus President: Relations with Germany and Western Europe important President of Belarus took a number of personnel decisions on October 25. When appointing new heads of diplomatic missions, Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of developing relations with Western Europe. Changes were made to the local vertical of power. Denis Sidorenko has been appointed new Belarusian Ambassador to Germany. This is responsible position given that Germany is one of the main Western partners of the Republic of Belarus. Germany is also the locomotive of the EU economy.

25.10.2016

President Lukashenko promises support for creation of Polish enterprises in Belarus
President Lukashenko promises support for creation of Polish enterprises in Belarus New points of growth in trade turnover between Belarus and Poland were discussed at the meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and the Minister of Development and Finance of Poland. In addition, Poland can become Belarus' "guide" to the WTO and assist in promotion of electricity from the Ostrovets NPP in the European Union. At a joint business forum, the sides voiced an intention to raise the turnover to $4 billion.
Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia: We expect greater number of agreements in 2017
Deputy Premier of Namibia: We expect greater number of agreements with Belarus in 2017 Belarus is ready to cooperate with Namibia. This republic is located in the south-west of the African continent. To visit it, Belarusians now do not need a visa. Diplomatic relations between the countries were established 15 years ago. For the first time over these years, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Namibia visited Minsk on October 24. The parties see great potential for cooperation in the field of agriculture, engineering and mining industries. Now they are forming a complete legal base of the bilateral relations.
Belarusian and Polish businesses to expand interregional cooperation
Belarusian and Polish businesses to expand interregional cooperation Expansion of inter-regional cooperation between Belarus and Poland is one of the major topics discussed in Belarus these days. On October 25, a business delegation from Lubuskie Province is arriving in the Gomel region. Business circles of that European country intend to establish contacts with companies of the region.

24.10.2016

Poland may help Belarus promote Astravyets NPP electricity in EU
Poland may help Belarus promote Astravyets NPP electricity in EU Poland may become a conductor of Belarus to the WTO and promoter of electricity generate by the Astravyets NPP in the European Union. These two topics became central during negotiations of the Polish delegation with representatives of the Belarusian government. With the commissioning of the first unit of the nuclear power plant Poland could use Belarusian electricity or facilitate its transit.
How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict
How Mozyr Oil Refinery survived oil and gas conflict The tradition of carrying the Olympic torch originated in ancient Greece and reminded people about Prometheus who got fire and gave it to people. The fire of the Belarusian torch originates from... Gazprom. Gazprom is not Prometheus. It doesn’t just give fire, it sells it, and not at a low price. That’s why Belarus and Russia had an argument. By October 20, Russia wanted to get money from Belarus for gas and for pumping the volumes necessary for Belarusian refineries. Due to reduction in supplies from Russia, the Belarusian pumps weren’t working properly.
Namibia foreign minister visiting Belarus
Namibia foreign minister visiting Belarus Belarus is ready to cooperate with Namibia. This republic is located in the south-west of the African continent. To visit it, Belarusians do not need a visa. Diplomatic relations between the countries were established 15 years ago. The Foreign Minister of Namibia arrived in Minsk on October 24. Now the sides are working on the formation of a full-fledged legal basis of the bilateral relations.
Belarus proposes Poland to boost economic cooperation
Poland may assist Belarus in WTO accession talks The President of Belarus proposes to raise the bar of trade and economic cooperation with Poland. Alexander Lukashenko said this on October 24 meeting with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Finance and Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. In January-August 2016, the trade turnover between the countries has increased as compared to the same period of 2015.
Deputy Prime Minister of Poland to arrive in Belarus October 24 Minsk and Warsaw are expanding trade connections. On October 24 Belarus will welcome Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. He will hold talks with the leadership of Belarus as well as take part in the meeting of the joint commission for economic cooperation. It is expected that the high-ranking guest will visit the annual Belarusian-Polish economic forum Neighbourhood. It will open on October 24 at the National Library and will gather several hundred representatives of leading companies of the two countries.

20.10.2016

Belarus, Russia discuss Union State budgetary performance
Belarus, Russia discuss Union State budgetary performance Every ruble from the Union State budget should be spent effectively. This is required by the slowdown in economic activity in various sectors. This is the outcome of the meeting of representatives of the State Control Committee of Belarus and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation. On October 20, they discussed by videoconference how the Union State budget is being executed.  The sides noted that the current level of financial control bodies of the two countries is a way to enhance the integration and achieve common goals.
Belarus experiencing renaissance in trade relations with Europe, Vladimir Ulakhovich says
Belarus experiencing renaissance in trade relations with Europe, Vladimir Ulakhovich says Belarus is experiencing a "renaissance" in trade relations with Europe, said today chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Belarus. One of the forms that is most attracted to foreign partners is industrial cooperation. It will allow producing more quality products and developing ways to enter new markets. Meanwhile, there are some problems in the field of foreign trade. For example, exceptions and limitations.

18.10.2016

Belarus and Tatarstan sign cooperation development plan for 2017-2020
Belarus and Tatarstan sign cooperation development plan for 2017-2020 Cooperation in the field of machine tools may become profitable for Belarus and Tatarstan. This was discussed at a meeting of the Prime Minister of Belarus, Andrei Kobyakov, with Rustam Minnikhanov, who is visiting Belarus. Tatarstan will soon begin a large-scale modernization of the aviation plant and other engineering companies. Therefore, the foreign visitors are determined to cooperate with Belarus in the industry.

17.10.2016

Affiliated enterprise of Belarusian potash company opens in Ukraine
Affiliated enterprise of Belarusian potash company opens in Ukraine Affiliated enterprise of the Belarusian potash company has opened on in Ukraine on October 17. The main goal is to expand the presence on the market. A country with a large sector of agricultural sphere is a prospective market for Belarus. This new enterprise will help to reach a new level of cooperation with consumers of mineral fertilizers and to increase the number of shipments. Today, Belarusian potassium is purchased in every second country. The fifth part of the world’s export belongs to the Belarusian potash company.
All air mail coming to Belarus now processed at National Airport Minsk
All air mail coming to Belarus now processed at National Airport Minsk All air mail coming to Belarus will now be processed at National airport Minsk. On October 17, a logistics center for international correspondence will open here.  It will use the latest technical solutions, which will significantly reduce the time to send and receive parcels and help immediately identify the address.  The main thing is that customs inspection will also be carried out on the spot.

14.10.2016

Kurgan region ready to buy 100 units of Belarusian machinery per year
Kurgan region ready to buy 100 units of Belarusian machinery per year Kurgan region of Russia is ready to buy 100 units of Belarusian equipment per year. Farmers from that Russian region are already familiar with Belarusian tractors. There are about 2,500 of them in the tractor fleet of the agricultural region. The Russian guests are also interested in machines for the timber industry, as well as some types of municipal and road-building machinery. On October 13, the delegation visited the enterprise Amkodor and perhaps soon it may sign some new contracts.
Belarus and EU renew trade dialogue
Belarus and EU renew trade dialogue Belarus and the European Union have resumed the dialogue on trade. On October 13, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus hosted the first round of talks. The parties declared their intention to increase the trade turnover. As noted by the head of the EU Delegation in Belarus, it is European companies that are primarily interested in trade with our country. Andrea Victorin emphasized that the conversation took place in a warm atmosphere, and today one can say about the warming of relations between Belarus and the European Union.

13.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus ready to cooperate with Kurgan region in all directions
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus ready to cooperate with Kurgan region in all directions Belarus is ready to cooperate with the Kurgan region in all areas, said the Belarus President meeting with the governor of the Russian region Alexei Kokorin on 13 October. Mutual trade turnover figures are modest: a little more than $20 million. Therefore, there is much space for further cooperation.
Kurgan region governor arrives in Minsk
Kurgan region governor arrives in Minsk Inter-regional cooperation is a step towards the strengthening of Belarusian-Russian relations. The governor of Kurgan region has come to Minsk to discuss the prospects of cooperation, including in trade. Together with the head of the Russian region are high-ranking officials and heads of large enterprises of Kurgan region. The Kurgan delegation is going to hold negotiations with the leadership of Belarus as well as visit a number of industrial enterprises. Kurgan region is an agricultural region. Farmland occupies almost half of its area. Therefore

12.10.2016

Doctrine of food safety to appear in Belarus
Doctrine of food safety to appear in Belarus The doctrine of food safety will appear in Belarus by the end of 2016. Belarus is successful in providing products for domestic market, and 35% of Belarusian products are exported. However, it’s not the time to relax. There are new challenges appearing in the sphere. That was the topic discussed during the 1st Belarusian Forum on Food Safety that was held on October 12 in Minsk.
Russia lifts restrictions on oil supplies to Belarus
Russia lifts restrictions on oil supplies to Belarus Belarus considers agreements with Russia on gas and oil a compromise in the interests of the two countries. On October 11, the Energy Ministry voiced a new formula of gas price calculations for Belarus. It also confirmed that in the next 10 days Belarus will repay the previously underpaid money for blue fuel. Russia, in turn, introduces a mechanism for inter-budgetary compensation for the time when a common electric energy market is being created.
Michael Kent about Belarus: "It's great pleasure for me to be in your country"
Michael Kent about Belarus: "It's great pleasure for me to be in your country" Belarus is waiting for British businesses to come to the country, said the Belarus President meeting a member of the British royal family - Prince Michael of Kent on October 11. The representative of the royal family, a prominent businessman and philanthropist is visiting Belarus for the first time.

10.10.2016

Belarusian-Polish cooperation to be discussed in Warsaw October 10
Belarusian-Polish cooperation to be discussed in Warsaw October 10 Belarusian-Polish cooperation will be discussed on October 10 in Warsaw. Belarus will be represented by the foreign minister. Vladimir Makei is set to meet with his Polish counterpart, as well as other representatives of the Polish leadership. In recent years, the countries have intensified their political and economic dialogue significantly. In 2016 alone, Belarus was visited by numerous delegations of ministries and departments; inter-parliamentary cooperation was renewed. Moreover, Belarus and Poland's intergovernmental commissions are working intensively.
Belarus expands geography of insurance: It covers 3% of all export
Belarus expanding insurance services export Why is it profitable to insure contracts with foreign companies and how does it affect the development of export? These questions were discussed during the international conference in Minsk. Lately, there has appeared a tendency to insure contracts in Belarus. The insurance cover contracts with more than 50 countries. Both governmental and private enterprise can make their contracts safe.

09.10.2016

Saint Petersburg interested in Belarusian dairy and meat products
Saint Petersburg interested in Belarusian dairy and meat products Belarus and Saint Petersburg plan to increase their turnover up to 2 billion dollars. On October 7, a number of agreements were signed between Belarus and Saint Petersburg. As it was announced, Saint Petersburg is still interested in Belarusian dairy and meat products, and it plans to purchase the transport produced in Belarus. The construction industry might become a very beneficial sphere of cooperation. It is planned to build Belarus Town in Saint Petersburg and Saint Petersburg Town in Minsk.

08.10.2016

Export, business, housing and utility services: Alexander Lukashenko addresses MPs
Export, business, housing and utility services: Alexander Lukashenko addresses MPs Overcoming the negative trends in the economy, steady rate of development, the growing authority of Belarus in the international arena and the need to maintain a balanced foreign policy were the topics about which the President of Belarus spoke on October 7 addressing MPs from both chambers of the Belarusian parliament.

07.10.2016

Continuity, reforms, foreign policy: Alexander Lukashenko addresses Belarusian parliamentarians
Continuity, reforms, foreign policy: Alexander Lukashenko addresses Belarusian parliamentarians Overcoming the negative trends in the economy, steady rate of development, the growing authority of Belarus in the international arena and the need to maintain a balanced foreign policy were the topics about which the President of Belarus spoke on October 7 addressing MPs from both chambers of the Belarusian parliament.
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Pakistan: 15 agreements concluded
Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Pakistan: 15 agreements concluded The Belarus President has ended the official visit to Pakistan. The agreements achieved will become an impetus for the further dynamic development of the relations. Minsk and Islamabad agreed to deepen friendly relations and achieve turnover of a billion dollars in 4 years. The Belarus President's negotiations with the most influential politicians of Pakistan ended almost in the plane.

06.10.2016

Relations between Belarus and Pakistan to reach political level
Relations between Belarus and Pakistan to reach political level Multi-million contracts and confirmation of the mutual commitment to the development of friendly relations. The Belarusian President continues his official visit to Islamabad. Yesterday Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif agreed to cooperate on the principles of mutual trust and reach for close cooperation with third countries. They also talked about the establishment of joint ventures in the food sector. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:Belarus and Pakistan should be more active
Alexander Lukashenko demands Belarus-Pakistan trade at $1bn by 2020
Alexander Lukashenko demands Belarus-Pakistan trade at $1bn by 2020 Belarus-Pakistan relations are on the way to $1 billion. The official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Pakistan is intensifying relations between the two countries. The contracts and their worth speak for themselves. The first-ever delivery of BelAZ, a joint venture for the production of special equipment and a major contract of Belarus' tire manufacturers. In the list of priorities are light industry, interbank cooperation and the implementation of infrastructure projects.

05.10.2016

Contracts worth several million dollars: Pakistan interested in Belarusian textile and tires
Contracts worth several million dollars: Pakistan interested in Belarusian textile and tires The Belarusian head of state on October 5 will take part in a business forum in Pakistan. Businessmen of the two countries were thoroughly prepared for business negotiations and demonstrate positive dynamics of cooperation. For example, a test batch of Belarusian yarn worth a quarter of a million US dollars made it possible to study and gain a foothold in the textile market, and the overall portfolio of Bellegprom concern's contracts yesterday increased by 3 and a half million.

04.10.2016

Belarus' Bellegprom concern sign $3.5m worth of contracts in Pakistan
Belarus' Bellegprom concern sign $3.5m worth of contracts in Pakistan A Belarusian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko has already been in Islamabad for a day, ahead of Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko's state visit. The delegation includes numerous businessmen and heads of ministries. On October 5, the capital of Pakistan will host a business forum. But a number of meetings and successful negotiations have already been held. On October 4 the company Bellegprom signed contracts worth $3.5 million.
Belarus President goes on official visit to Pakistan
Belarus President, after trip to China, goes on official visit to Pakistan Alexander Lukashenko has gone on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Belarusian leader's plane headed for Islamabad from Minsk National Airport about an hour ago. The three-day visit includes talks at the highest level. The head of state will meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, as well as with the leadership of the parliament. As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. Alexander Lukashenko will also attend the opening of a business forum.
Center of Belarusian language and Culture opens in Pakistan
Center of Belarusian language and Culture opens in Pakistan October 4, Alexander Lukashenko will pay an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The visit will be marked by the talks at the highest level. As a result the sides are expected to sign several bilateral documents. A Belarusian delegation composed of members of government, heads of ministries and directors of large enterprises has already arrived in Islamabad. Among the tasks for the countries in the short term is increase in trade turnover to $1 billion.

03.10.2016

Deputy Minister of Trade of Chile about Belarus-Chile cooperation
Deputy Minister of Trade of Chile about Belarus-Chile cooperation Chile plans to increase the turnover between Chile and Belarus by two times. The delegation of businessmen from Chile were exploring the possibility of the cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union. The priority is to open markets to each other. Deputy Minister of Trade of the Republic of Chile Andrés Rebolledo has answered questions of the program Week on the CTV Channel.
Belarus President to go on official visit to Pakistan October 4
Belarus President to go on official visit to Pakistan October 4 The press-service of the Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, reported today that the President is going on an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan October 4. The visit will be marked by the talks at the highest level. The head of state will meet with the Prime Minister of that country Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, as well as with the leadership of the Pakistani parliament.

30.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko about China-Belarus Industrial Park: Project demonstrates to Europe and whole world growing technological level of China
Alexander Lukashenko about China-Belarus Industrial Park: Project demonstrates growing technological level of China The China-Belarus Industrial Park should become a showpiece project. This was an announcement made by Belarus’ President speaking with students of the Beijing University on September 30. It was said that the Park would be the pearl of the Silk Road. At the same time, it could become an international project, as various companies from different countries are eager to participate in it.
Agriculture of Belarus: problems and achievements
Agriculture of Belarus: problems and achievements Last week, the Rosselkhoznadzor sanitary watchdog of Russia introduced restrictions on the import of Belarusian products of several enterprises. For many years, aid to agriculture has been one of the main items of the budget's expenditures. The agro-industrial complex of Belarus has received about $40 billion. Food security problem has long been solved in Belarus. Moreover, each year revenues from food exports increase. It is several billion dollars annually. But the flip side of this process is that agricultural enterprises have got accustomed to sitting on state subsidies.

29.09.2016

Belarusian health resorts' export of services up by 30% in H1 2016
Belarusian health resorts' export of services up by 30% in H1 2016 Belarusian health resorts have increased export of services from the beginning of 2016 by 30%, having gained a total of more than 102 million rubles. The highest demand for spa treatment is among Russians. This is due to affordable costs. Prices are the same for all people of the Eurasian Economic Union. On average, one day in a Belarusian sanatorium costs 42 rubles (about $20).

28.09.2016

From construction to programming: Belarus and Hungary mulling over new projects
From construction to programming: Belarus and Hungary mulling over new projects On September 28 Minsk will become a platform for meetings between Belarus and Hungary business circles. The capital will host a joint business forum. The parties have mutual interest in cooperation and joint projects in construction, industry and agriculture programming. Also, the sides will focus on the supply of food and beverages, wood products and sales of agricultural machinery.

27.09.2016

China can give both new technologies and investment, Sergei Kizima says
China can give both new technologies and investment, Sergei Kizima says Diplomatic relations between Belarus and China were established in 1992. At the same time, the Chinese Embassy was opened in Minsk. From 1993, Belarusian diplomats began working in Beijing. During this time the Belarusian head of state visited China eight times. Chinese President Xi Jinping came to Belarus on a three-day visit in May 2015. MORE: Belarus President to make state visit to China September 28, 2016

26.09.2016

Diplomat Sergey Rachkov on trade and economic relations between Belarus and Oman
Diplomat Sergey Rachkov on trade and economic relations between Belarus and Oman Last week Belarus was visited by the most successful businessmen from Oman. The Gulf state is seeking projects in Belarus for investment. And our republic is looking for ways to consolidate positions in the region's market. Belarus and Oman are now working on the possibility of establishing a joint venture in Oman on sales, assembly and service of Belarusian equipment. Bilateral contacts have intensified over the last two years. The businessmen also met with President Alexander Lukashenko and took part in a business forum.
Belarusian companies sign contracts worth $20 million at EXPO in China
Belarusian companies sign contracts worth $20 million at EXPO in China Belarusian companies have signed contracts worth $20 million at EXPO in China. An agreement has been reached to supply confectionery and dairy products on the Asian partner's market. In 2016, Belarus took part in the exhibition in the status of the guest of honor. The total number of exhibitors exceeded 40 Belarusian companies. Thus virtually all sectors of the economy were represented: from engineering to transit and tourism sectors
Belarus President: Knowledge and technology are key to solving economic problems
Belarus President: Knowledge and technology are key to solving economic problems Export of products for Belarus is like oxygen to the body. But economic success does not depend only on external factors. On Friday, President Lukashenko sternly warned the government on this issue and demanded to search internal reserves, which can still be found, no doubt about that. I think that every self-critical employee and manager can agree with it. It's not just about the number of blister or the amount of sweat, but also about the effective management, new knowledge and, of course, new technologies.

23.09.2016

Minsk and economic cooperation: Belarus’ capital has more than 160 importers
Minsk and economic cooperation: Belarus’ capital has more than 160 importers Minsk is expanding the cooperation with the world's capitals, as well as with a number of neighboring countries and beyond. Now the capital has more than 160 importers. However, the domestic export is open to all countries from different parts of the globe. Not only business meetings between business and the government that take place at the forums, but also cultural events play important role in increasing the goods turnover.
Euroregion Neman exhibition: Two contracts worth $50 million signed in Grodno
Euroregion Neman exhibition: Two contracts worth $50 million signed in Grodno Two investment deals in construction and agriculture, worth $50 million, were signed on 23 September at the economic forum "Euroregion Neman", which is underway in Grodno. The business platform has brought together 160 participants from Belarus, Russia, Poland and Lithuania. Two days of hard work are ahead. By the way, the forum has already become an effective platform for finding new partners and deals.

22.09.2016

Rosselkhoznadzor bans 19 tons shipment of Belarusian cheese
Rosselkhoznadzor bans 19 tons shipment of Belarusian cheese Russian sanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor didn’t allow the large shipment of Belarusian cheese from Mogilev enterprises. The whole fuss wasn’t about the quality of the products. There were some complains about the documentation. Today, Rosselkhoznadzor is not satisfied with the products of 42 Belarusian enterprises producing dairy and meat products. The ban is now on the Belarusian dairy products because of some papers.

05.09.2016

How Belarusian-Chinese business resumes its natural course and why there is Chinese character near MAZ abbreviation
How Belarusian-Chinese business resumes its natural course and why there is Chinese character near MAZ abbreviation About the future of the machines with the logo MAZ. Three letters are not enough, and there will appear a Chinese character. Maybe then, great Belarusian machines will become as popular as the Great Wall of China. These machines are legends. New models with the logo MAZ could appear on the pedestal. And in the chronicle of the automobile plant, Chinese characters may appear. This will help factory workers to learn new technologies and understand the notion of export diversification.

03.09.2016

National Exhibition of Belarus in Georgia: Over 140 companies taking part
National Exhibition of Belarus in Georgia: Over 140 companies taking part Today is Day of Minsk. Later, we will talk about this for those who have not seen the festivities with their own eyes. Some do not believe his eyes coming into the modern European capital. Minsk surprises not only overseas visitors who had not been even aware of the existence of Belarus until they came here, but also neighbors from the former Soviet space. We tell you a little later what exactly surprised the respected Georgians in the Belarusian capital. But first, let's watch the story - the presentation of Belarus in Tbilisi.

31.08.2016

Chinese engineering company establishing cooperation with Mogilev plants
Chinese engineering company establishing cooperation with Mogilev plants Belarusian-Chinese cooperation is also unfolding at the regional level. A large engineering company from China is establishing joint production facilities with Mogilev city plants. For now the sides are considering only test projects.  Companies plan joint production of Belarusian-Chinese tower and mobile cranes. Currently the available prototypes are being tested. In the future, plans are to sell equipment on the market of the Eurasian Union.

30.08.2016

Belarus and China strengthening relations between regions
Belarus and China strengthening relations between regions Belarus guarantees Chinese companies the most favorable conditions for work, stated President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with representatives of Hunan Province of China. The delegation is headed by the mayor of the central city of Changsha, which is one of the twenty largest economically developed cities in China. Among the guests was head of the machine-building corporation Zoomlion. It is one of China's leading producers of special-purpose machinery. Representatives of the company are interested in active cooperation with the Belarusian producers.

29.08.2016

Belarus guarantees Chinese companies the most favorable conditions, President says
Belarus guarantees Chinese companies the most favorable conditions, President says Belarus guarantees Chinese companies the most favorable conditions, said August 29 President Alexander Lukashenko meeting with representatives of the Chinese province of Hunan.  The delegation is headed by the mayor of the central government of Changsha City and the head of a large construction company. Changsha one of the twenty largest cities in terms of economic development in China. More than seven million people live there.

26.08.2016

Economic interest and political support: Belarus and Pakistan to develop relations
Economic interest and political support: Belarus and Pakistan to develop relations Belarus and Pakistan are on the threshold of a new stage of cooperation.

25.08.2016

Alexander Lukashenko plans to visit Pakistan in October
Alexander Lukashenko plans to visit Pakistan in October Belarus and Pakistan are on the threshold of a new stage of cooperation. In October 2016, the Belarusian leader will visit that South Asian country, where he will hold talks with the Prime Minister. Each official visit, the Belarusian leader believes, should make the maximum contribution to the development of economic relations.

18.08.2016

Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Meng Jianzhu
Alexander Lukashenko holds talks with Meng Jianzhu Technological and investment cooperation should become the main engine of trade relations between Belarus and China. The sides pin hopes also on regional ties, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with a member of the Politburo, Secretary of Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party.

11.08.2016

Export growth rate exceeding that of import in Minsk
Export growth rate exceeding that of import in Minsk Minsk has decreased import of goods and services. Since the beginning of 2016, this figure has fallen by 9.6 percent compared with the same period last year. This has made it possible to increase the level of competitiveness of domestic products and increase the demand for goods and services. Minsk-based companies have actively began to increase production and expand the range of products. In particular this applies to medicines, fruits and vegetables.

29.07.2016

Valery Voronetsky: Diplomat Valery Voronetsky: Austrian investors gladly choose Belarus
Diplomat Valery Voronetsky: Austrian investors gladly choose Belarus Ambassador of Belarus to Austria and Croatia Valery Voronetsky explained why Austrian investors gladly choose Belarus in an interview with Egor Khrustalev's TV program Simple Questions. Mr Voronetsky, this calendar year can be called the year of Austria in Belarus. Firstly, in the autumn of 2015, the first meeting between the two presidents took place. And, of course, the opening of the Austrian embassy in Belarus, despite the fact that Austria has closed its offices in the Baltic countries.   This all is a huge diplomatic success.

28.07.2016

Belarusian blueberries tested at Chinese Academy of Sciences
Belarusian blueberries tested at Chinese Academy of Sciences Useful for health and your own purse. During the first months of summer more than 400 tons of blueberries have been purchased from the population of the Minsk region. The suppliers plan to pick 750 tons this season. Despite predictions, the Belarusian National Union of Consumer Societies (Belkoopsoyuz) does not see obstacles to surpassing blueberry picking plans. Most blueberries are exported. This is one of the most sought-after berries abroad. Among the regular customers is the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Minsk accounts for one-third of Belarus GRP
Minsk accounts for one-third of Belarus GRP The share of Minsk is now almost one-third of the gross regional product (GRP) of Belarus. Moreover, experts see further reserves. Many enterprises have increased supplies, totally to 20 countries. First of all, this relates to the largest industrial complex - the engineering flagship Minsk Tractor Works. The city government creates preferences for new industries in the free economic zone Minsk. Additional jobs are given to 500 employees. The city techno-park promises more than 300 new jobs in the near future.

25.07.2016

Tractor plant and investment fund: Belarus-China future projects
Tractor plant and investment fund: Belarus-China future projects New major projects are planned between Belarus and China. This week, representatives of the Chinese corporation CITIC Group visited Minsk. At a meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko the details of the future projects were discussed. The company from China has already built three cement plants in Belarus. Now it is engaged in the production of passenger cars and modernization of Orsha Linen Mill.

22.07.2016

Belarus President requires multiplier effect in industrial enterprises' development
Belarus President requires multiplier effect in industrial enterprises' development The President of Belarus requires a multiplier effect in the development of Belarusian industrial enterprises. Alexander Lukashenko said about this while visiting the company Technolit. The head of state today, 22 July, is on a working trip to the Mogilev region. The President reported on the development of innovative technologies and the organization of high-quality engine parts manufacturing. At present, Technolit produces components for automotive, agricultural, road, construction and special equipment.
Belarus, Kazakhstan discuss agricultural cooperation
Belarus, Kazakhstan discuss agricultural cooperation Cooperation of Eurasian Economic Union partners - Belarus and Kazakhstan - was discussed in Gomel July 21. Despite the recently decreased trade turnover the two states have the necessary potential for restoring the bilateral trade.

20.07.2016

President Lukashenko meets with head of Chinese corporation CITIC Group
Belarusian-Chinese major joint projects as of 2016 Belarus and China are discussing the possibility of implementing new large-scale business projects. Mutual interests were talked over during the meeting of the Belarus President with the head of CITIC Group, China's largest corporation, at the Palace of Independence on July 20. The parties already have successful experience of cooperation. First of all, this is the construction of three cement plants and modernization of Orsha Linen Mill. Now they are creating a company for the production of cars, as well as the first joint investment fund.

18.07.2016

Chinese businessmen allocate $150,000 for restoration of Smolevichi district
Chinese businessmen allocate $150,000 for restoration of Smolevichi district The elimination of the consequences of last week's hurricane continues in Belarus. Chinese businessmen have decided to help the Minsk region. Smolevichi District administration:Despite the fact that everything is okay in financial terms there, this aid is still very valuable. I want to thank our Chinese friends who can to support us in this difficult time. Cash certificates have been handed today to the leadership of Minsk Oblast. As much as $150,000 will be spent on reconstruction works in Smolevichi district.

12.07.2016

Belarusian-Slovak Business Forum to open in Vitebsk July 12
Belarusian-Slovak Business Forum to open in Vitebsk July 12 More than 20 Slovak companies on July 12 will participate in a business forum in Vitebsk.  The event will bring together Vitebsk authorities, associations for support of small and medium businesses of Russia and Europe, as well as specialists of relevant financial institutions. Open dialogue is the main goal of the Belarusian-Slovakian forum at which participants will discuss prospects for cooperation in energy, engineering, wood processing, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, light industry, tourism and recreation.
Belarus to supply more to Africa
How Belarusian ambassadors promote nation's economy worldwide Increase positions in traditional markets and developing new ones. Belarusian diplomats working around the world now face such tasks. On June 11 Minsk hosted a meeting of heads of diplomatic missions and consular institutions of Belarus. The topic of foreign economic activity became the priority one.

11.07.2016

Foreign economic presence of Belarus being discussed in Minsk
Belarus-EU trade rises tenfold over 10 years New recipes to strengthen positions on traditional markets and the development of new ones are being discussed today in Minsk by heads of all diplomatic missions and consular establishments of Belarus. Belarus has diplomatic relations with 174 countries in the world. In 56 of them, Belarus opened embassies, which represent the interests of the republic. The heads of these embassies are today in Minsk to discuss basic directions of activities of Belarusian missions abroad in modern conditions.

05.07.2016

Belarus to increase food exports to $6 billion per year
Belarus to increase food exports to $6 billion per year Belarus will increase the export of food to $6 billion a year. Such are plans for 2016-2020. Transformations in this sector are already producing results. Supplies of meat and milk are permanently increasing. The main consumer of Belarus' agricultural produce is Russia. However, there are some issues here. Not long ago, the Russian sanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor voiced some complaints about Belarusian products. It questions the quality of milk powder saying it supposedly does not comply with the technical regulations of the Customs Union.

30.06.2016

Belarus, Czech Republic to implement joint projects worth 500 million euros
Belarus, Czech Republic to implement joint projects worth 500 million euros On June 30, the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic held talks at the Foreign Ministry of Belarus meeting with Belarus foreign minister Vladimir Makei.  This is the first visit to Belarus of an official of such a rank in the last 7 years.  Economy is the most important area of the Belarus-Czech Republic bilateral relations.
Belarus' economic potential presented in Portugal
Belarus' economic potential presented in Portugal The economic potential of Belarus has been presented in Portugal. This was the first time in the history of the bilateral relations. The event was held in Porto Business School, which is part of the top 50 leading business schools in the world. It was attended by about 30 representatives of leading Portuguese companies. The businesses got familiar with the Belarusian vision of prospects of trade and economic cooperation.

26.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus-India relations need further impetus
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus-India relations need further impetus Tashkent hosted a meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The President of Belarus also took part in it as an observer. This makes Belarus the only European country to have acquired such a status. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, founded 15 years ago, groups China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Six other countries have observer status.

23.06.2016

Man and social problems are in focus during All-Belarusian People's Assembly
Man and social problems are in focus during 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly On June 23, delegates of the fifth All-Belarusian National Assembly will continue the debate to discuss the development strategy of Belarus in the coming years. On June 22, on the sidelines of the Assembly, some members and guests of the event shared their impressions about the large-scale event, which determines the country's future for 2016-2020.

22.06.2016

5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary
5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary The 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly opened in Minsk June 22. This is the most democratic way of democracy. Journalists pick different epithets and comparisons for the forum. But the Belarus President explains it simply and clearly. He speaks about the purpose of the meeting itself and the people taking part in it.
Economy Minister: 2016-2020 development program will lift Belarus to new heights
Economy Minister: 2016-2020 development program will lift Belarus to new heights Very soon the second part of the All-Belarusian People's Assembly will begin. These will be the debates, those useful suggestions with which delegates came to the assembly and which Alexander Lukashenko asked to voice earlier in his today's speech. Mr Zinovsky, your sphere, economy, as a priority, of course. Do you remember those times when Belarus had to walk on thin ice and then progressively moved forward?
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' new development program aims at evolution, not revolution
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' new development program aims at evolution, not revolution The unity of the people saves peace in the country and the country itself. Belarus needs to overcome the difficulties only thanks to own labor and all together, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at the V All-Belarusian People's Assembly, which began at the Palace of the Republic June 22.

19.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko at Spartak factory: Belarus to finally reconstruct entire health care and education in 2016-2020
Alexander Lukashenko at Spartak factory: Belarus to finally reform entire healthcare and education system in 2016-2020 Before building plans for the future and listening to people's delegates, the Belarus President made a trip to the Gomel region. In principle, this is usual practice when the President personally gets familiar with the situation in Belarus’ regions and meets with labor collectives. This time he met with Spartak factory workers. Alexander Lukashenko wanted to see whether the life of the working class is “sweet”. And before starting the “economic locomotive” for the next five years, the President opened the Gomel-Minsk route for electric traction trains.
Redenomination in Belarus not to cause higher inflation
Redenomination in Belarus not to cause higher inflation, President Lukashenko says On June 17, the Belarus President visited the Spartak confectionary. Here the head of state spoke about the prospects of development of the enterprise, as well as the innovations in confectionary industry.  Products under the brand name "Spartak" are exported to 25 countries. Chocolates, waffles, and biscuits made in Gomel have reached such distant countries as Singapore, South Africa and Australia. Spartak sees great prospects on the Chinese market too.

14.06.2016

Belarusian MPs mulling over export diversification, foreign trade efficiency
Belarusian MPs mulling over export diversification, foreign trade efficiency Diversification of the export efficiency and foreign trade were the main topics at a Government on June 14. Belarus has not yet fulfilled export performance requirements. However, it managed to increase the volumes of supply in a number of positions.  Tasks for the manufacturers remain the same: to reduce the cost of goods and search for new markets. Science should also assist the real sector.
Belgium interested in Belarusian agricultural machinery and IT
Belgium interested in Belarusian agricultural machinery and IT A Belarusian-Belgian business forum opened in Minsk June 14. Taking part in it are representatives of more than 20 companies from Belgium from the construction, food, logistics, agriculture and IT spheres. A business match-making session took place within the framework of the meeting. Belgium is one of the permanent trade partners of Belarus. It is the 7th most important trading partner of Belarus in the EU, with trade between the kingdom and the republic amounting to almost $400 million in 2016.

13.06.2016

Belarusian builders finish residential area in Caracas. Nearly 300 families settled
Belarusian builders finish residential area in Caracas. Nearly 300 families settled Belarusian builders have finished constructing an eight-house residential quarter in Caracas. An opening ceremony took place with the participation of Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro. In total, almost 300 Venezuelan families received keys to their own apartments. The residential area is designed to cater for people's needs.  The first floors of high-rise buildings will house kindergartens, barbershops and other infrastructure. 

09.06.2016

Alexander Surikov: Belarus and Russia need to pursue joint venture creation
Alexander Surikov: Belarus and Russia need to pursue joint venture creation Belarus and Russia should work together to increase the competitiveness of their economies, said Russian Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov. The diplomat also stressed that to this end, the countries need to move from simple cooperation to establishment of joint ventures. This would allow strengthening the EEU space and go to the markets of third countries.     
2016 Forum of Regions summary: Nearly 40 agreements worth $300 million
2016 Forum of Regions summary: Nearly 40 agreements worth $300 million The Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions ended in Minsk June 8, 2016. The third in a row, it was dedicated to humanitarian issues. Among them were the equal rights of citizens and youth policy. MORE: Belarus, Russia may resume joint movie production
Russian President visits BelAgro 2016 expo
Russian President visits BelAgro 2016 expo Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin visited June 8 the largest agricultural exhibition of 2016 BelAgro in Minsk. Here, the leaders were demonstrated the capabilities of the strongest Belarusian enterprises - namely, new models of agricultural machinery. MORE: Belarus, Russia presidents meet in Minsk June 8 CTV corresponding reporting from the site

08.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Vladimir Putin's visit to Minsk is an important symbolic step
Alexander Lukashenko: Vladimir Putin's visit to Minsk is an important symbolic step After the talks, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin went to the Plenary Session of the III Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions.  Minsk these days has acquired the status of the main site of business negotiations and bargains. The plenary session sounds bureaucratic but is not at all boring. Russian ideologist Mikhail Shvydkoi admits his affection for the Minister of Information of Belarus.
Belarus' gold and foreign currency reserves up by $43m in May 2016
Belarus' gold and foreign currency reserves up by $43m in May 2016 The Belarus National Bank has published the latest information on the state of international reserves. The total amount of gold and foreign currency reserves on June 1 exceeded $4.27 billion.

07.06.2016

Belarus, Kyrgyzstan to strengthen economic relations within CIS, EEU
Belarus, Kyrgyzstan to strengthen economic relations within CIS, EEU Kyrgyzstan's Bishkek on June 7 hosted the 25th anniversary meeting of the Heads of Government of the CIS. During the meeting, the parties discussed over 10 issues. The main focus was on the development of trade and economic cooperation, the energy and health care and food security improvement. In addition, during the meeting, Andrei Kobyakov met with the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic to talk over the issues of bilateral cooperation.
Belarus to sign contracts worth $300 million at 3rd Forum of Regions, Mikhail Myasnikovich says
Belarus, Russia to sign contracts worth $300 million, Mikhail Myasnikovich says On June 7, the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions opened in Minsk. Representatives of 43 Russian regions visited the Belarusian capital on this occasion. Thirteen of them are represented at the level of governors and three at the level of prime ministers.
Shenyang signs cooperation agreement with Belarus' Minsk
Shenyang signs cooperation agreement with Minsk The capital of Belarus and the Chinese city of Shenyang are establishing relations. June 6, the sides signed an agreement on cooperation. The business partners from China are interested in the implementation of projects in industry, commerce, education, healthcare and tourism.  In addition, Chinese businessmen are interested in gaining experience from Belarus when it comes to road construction.
Belarusian street to appear in France
Belarusian street to appear in France A Belarusian street will appear in France. A Shklov factory has already exported to the Alsace region 17 houses of its own production. The French buy wood-frame construction kits of up to 120 square meters as energy-efficient housing. The total amount of the contract is a few hundred thousand euros. In total, 34 French families will get a roof overhead under a program of social construction. The service life of the house is about 50 years.

06.06.2016

Belarus President receives credentials of ambassadors from 13 countries
Belarus President receives credentials of ambassadors from 13 countries Diversification of export, normalization of relations with the EU and the prospects of cooperation with the countries of the African region were the main topics Alexander Lukashenko raised on June 6 receiving credentials from ambassadors of Australia, Ghana, Guinea, Zimbabwe, the Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Slovakia, Sudan, the Philippines, Ethiopia and Japan.
Belarusian children about big politics: Import, export, strategies and negotiations
Belarusian children about big politics: Import, export, strategies and negotiations And one more look at the major trade and political events. Olga Petrashevskaya decided to look at all these serious things from an unusual angle: she asked what little Belarusians think about big politics and economic theory. Own strategy, negotiations and even export of... the hamster Khoma. In this room, like in big politics, someone exits the international arena and some tell others what to do.

05.06.2016

Indonesia to purchase Belarusian tractors and trucks
Indonesia to purchase Belarusian tractors and trucks Businessmen from Belarus have gone to Indonesia for a business forum. The event in Southeast Asia ended with the signing of contracts for the supply of Belarusian tractors, trucks and buses. In addition, a joint operating company for the sale of BelAZ rock haulers will be set up in Indonesia. Also, the countries are considering prospects for the creation of joint ventures on Indian Ocean islands in order to promote Belarusian products there.

02.06.2016

Belgium enters top 15 major trading partners of Belarus
Belgium enters top 15 major trading partners of Belarus The National Statistics Committee has published new data on foreign trade of Belarus in the first quarter of 2016. There have been some changes in the list of key partners. The main trading partner of Belarus is still Russia. Almost 50% of Belarus' turnover falls on that country. Second place is occupied by Ukraine. During the Q1 2016, the countries' trade amounted to $740 million, with Belarus' posting trade surplus. Ukraine is followed by Poland - more than $500 million, and China - nearly $485 million.

31.05.2016

Eurasian Economic Union to form single oil market
Eurasian Economic Union to form single oil market The heads of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) member states have approved the concept of the formation of common markets of oil and petroleum products. In accordance with the document, the energy companies of the EEU member states get non-discriminatory access to the oil infrastructure of partners, will be able to buy oil and oil products without quantitative restrictions at market price.

29.05.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian products in demand around the world. We must learn to sell them
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarusian products in demand around the world. We must learn to sell them The word "crisis" has already set our teeth on edge. But the crisis has also good consequences sometimes. It teaches us to prudently use the resources, to manage the budget in German style, not at random. The crisis will quickly teach Belarusian companies to sell machinery and other products on external markets instead of sitting idly and waiting for clients. This was the thought expressed by President Lukashenko during his Friday visit to the Pinsk plant of the engineering holding company Amkodor. Our correspondent Yuliya Beshanova visited the plant too.

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